Here’s a question from a reader:

Can you get a ticket for straddling a solid white line on the offramp from the freeway? Millie

The answer comes from CHP Officer Jon Sloat, who says, “By the LETTER of the law, you technically could be cited for straddling the white line on the shoulder. However, the average officer would only cite if it were a safety issue.”

Here’s another question:  My commute often takes me eastbound on Old Adobe near Penngrove, and I need to turn left on Petaluma  Hill Road. At rush hour, this is a very busy intersection.  There is no advance green, and there is no break in cars which allow me to turn left.  Even if I wait till it turns orange, there is always a stream of westbound drivers on Adobe turning right onto single lane Pet Hill Road which block me.  The turn seems impossible to do legally.  What should I do? Ian

The answer is, as I understand it, that if you’ve entered the intersection on a green and are waiting to turn, you can turn as soon as it’s safe even if the light turns yellow or red. But with heavy commute traffic, you might wait there for a while before you even get to the intersection. I think the best answer is to find a different route to work where you don’t have to wait.

I’ve encountered a couple of intersections in Petaluma and Santa Rosa that are congested during commute times, and I just try to avoid them during those hours. My alternate routes are a bit longer in distance but shorter in time.


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  1. DaveR

    Regarding the Old Adobe dilemma… once the light turns red, the cars turning right from westbound Adobe have to stop, thus you can complete your left. I’m not sure what the problem is. And I’m not sure why you’d need to make this turn. Eastbound Old Adobe and making a left onto Pet Hill? I can’t see where this is a logical route to be taking….

    November 24th, 2012 3:36 pm

  2. mrsmoose1478

    Perhaps not the answer we’re hoping to hear…However, in living in Sonoma County for the last 20 years, I have found that there are in fact NO shortcuts, but there ARE alternative routes that gather almost zero traffic. This is in fact a shorter time distance, and actually gives you a break from the stress of being in heavy traffic. Welcome to Sonoma County; we are where we are. Time to re-adjust thinking.

    Blessings for your holidays folks – traffic is very treacherous right now. Stay off the roads until Monday if you can.

    November 25th, 2012 4:32 pm

  3. Whine Country Romance

    Well, when the “best solution” is ” … to find a different route to work where you don’t have to wait.”, you can be sure that your local leadership does not give a rat’s — about fixing the problem.

    This means the best solution is to move out of Sonoma County, where you can earn a living wage and not have to spend 4 hours in a car to do so.

    December 14th, 2012 12:38 pm

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